Diabetes

By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2015
The Dexcom Follow Android App Diabetes management software company Glooko will add its first two continuous glucose monitor and pump integrations into its offering: Dexcom's G4 CGM and Insulet's OmniPod Insulin Management System. The company announced in March that it would begin to incorporate pumps and CGMs into its system, including those from Medtronic, an investor in Glooko's latest $16.5...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2015
Medtronic's Guardian Mobile CGM app, yet to be released in the US. Despite speculations to the contrary from analysts last year, it looks like Medtronic will continue to acquire early-stage health companies even after its Covidien acquisition. On a fourth quarter earnings call, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told analysts that the company would use new cash from the Covidien deal to invest in early...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2015
San Diego, California-based Companion Medical, a stealthy medical device startup developing a Bluetooth-connected insulin pen and connected app, has closed its second round of funding, led by Eli Lilly and Company. The funding amount was not disclosed. Companion Medical previously raised $400,000 last year from Diamyd Medical, according to an SEC filing and a statement from the company. A...
By Jonah Comstock May 6, 2015
Indianapolis-based pharma giant Eli Lilly is opening a new drug delivery and innovation center in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Construction will begin immediately, with the center opening by the end of the year for a planned staff of 30 scientists and engineers. Eli Lilly Senior Director of Global Corporate Communications Edward Sagebiel said one Eli Lilly executive will move to...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2015
Livongo Health, the diabetes management company launched last fall by former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, has raised $20 million in second-round funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and DFJ Venture contributed to the round, as did previous investor General Catalyst Partners. "With thousands of people now using Livongo for Diabetes, it's clear that the best way for people to...
By Jonah Comstock March 2, 2015
Going "beyond the pill" doesn't just mean devising new digital technologies to market a drug or promote medication adherence with software tools. Sometimes it means engaging patients in their patient journey long before a drug enters into the equation -- and hoping it pays dividends later on. Jeremy Shepler, senior director of diabetes marketing at Novo Nordisk, spoke at the ePharma Summit last...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2015
Livongo Health's device for monitoring blood glucose. New survey data from digital health agency Klick Health shows that diabetes patients who use digital tools to manage their health also feel healthier. Klick Health employed Survey Sampling International (SSI) to poll 2,000 American adults with diabetes either online or via the telephone. Based on responses about how they use technology to...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2015
A recently-published 8-week study of diabetes patients, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that only about 20 percent used an app provided by their clinician with any sort of regularity. Of those, only half were active users. In the small study, a group of Singaporean researchers recruited 84 patients with type 2 diabetes, many of whom were recently diagnosed. They...
By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2015
Norwalk, Connecticut-based medication adherence platform company HealthPrize says it has succeeded in raising medication adherence an average of 54 percent across a series of pharma-sponsored pilot programs for various medical conditions, with sample sizes ranging from 250 to more than 7,000. That's a 54 percent increase in the mean total number of prescription fills per patient. HealthPrize,...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2014
Glooko, which makes a cable that syncs popular glucose meters to a companion app on smartphones, has always said it plans eventually to replace that cable with a wireless Bluetooth connection. Today, the company announced that they've finally released that product, the Bluetooth MeterSync Blue. The small box will plug into a patient's glucose meter and send the information wireless, via Bluetooth...

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